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Acupuncture and assisted reproductive technology

  1. Ying C Cheong1,*,
  2. Sarah Dix2,
  3. Ernest Hung Yu Ng3,
  4. William L Ledger4,
  5. Cindy Farquhar5

Editorial Group: Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group

Published Online: 26 JUL 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 22 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006920.pub3


How to Cite

Cheong YC, Dix S, Hung Yu Ng E, Ledger WL, Farquhar C. Acupuncture and assisted reproductive technology. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD006920. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006920.pub3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Southampton, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Southampton, UK

  2. 2

    Princess Anne Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Southampton, UK

  3. 3

    University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  4. 4

    University of New South Wales, School of Women's & Children's Health, Randwick, NSW, Australia

  5. 5

    University of Auckland, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Auckland, New Zealand

*Ying C Cheong, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Southampton, Level F, Princess Anne Hospital, Coxford Road, Southampton, SO16 5YA, UK. yingcheong@hotmail.com. Y.Cheong@soton.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 26 JUL 2013

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[Figure 1]
Figure 1. Study selection PRISMA flow diagram.
[Figure 2]
Figure 2. Methodological quality summary: review authors' judgements about each methodological quality item for each included study.
[Figure 3]
Figure 3. Methodological quality graph: review authors' judgements about each methodological quality item presented as percentages across all included studies.
[Figure 4]
Figure 4. Forest plot of comparison: 1 Acupuncture around the time of oocyte retrieval versus control (sham, placebo, no acupuncture), outcome: 1.1 Live Birth Rate.
[Figure 5]
Figure 5. Forest plot of comparison: 1 Acupuncture around the time of oocyte retrieval versus control (sham, placebo, no acupuncture), outcome: 1.4 Miscarriage rate.
[Figure 6]
Figure 6. Forest plot of comparison: 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, outcome: 2.1 Live Birth.
[Figure 7]
Figure 7. Forest plot of comparison: 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, outcome: 2.4 Miscarriage.
[Analysis 1.1]
Analysis 1.1. Comparison 1 Acupuncture around the time of oocyte retrieval versus control (sham, placebo, no acupuncture), Outcome 1 Live Birth Rate.
[Analysis 1.2]
Analysis 1.2. Comparison 1 Acupuncture around the time of oocyte retrieval versus control (sham, placebo, no acupuncture), Outcome 2 Ongoing Pregnancy Rate.
[Analysis 1.3]
Analysis 1.3. Comparison 1 Acupuncture around the time of oocyte retrieval versus control (sham, placebo, no acupuncture), Outcome 3 Clinical Pregnancy Rate.
[Analysis 1.4]
Analysis 1.4. Comparison 1 Acupuncture around the time of oocyte retrieval versus control (sham, placebo, no acupuncture), Outcome 4 Miscarriage rate.
[Analysis 2.1]
Analysis 2.1. Comparison 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, Outcome 1 Live Birth.
[Analysis 2.2]
Analysis 2.2. Comparison 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, Outcome 2 Ongoing pregnancy.
[Analysis 2.3]
Analysis 2.3. Comparison 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, Outcome 3 Clinical pregnancy.
[Analysis 2.4]
Analysis 2.4. Comparison 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, Outcome 4 Miscarriage.
[Analysis 2.5]
Analysis 2.5. Comparison 2 Acupuncture on and around the day of ET versus control, Outcome 5 Multiple gestation.